Coop and run completed - any additional ideas?

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by KeriannG, Sep 12, 2016.

  1. KeriannG

    KeriannG Out Of The Brooder

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    Finally finished my coop and run. We spend our summer on a farm with the chickens happily free ranging all day. However when it is time for back to school we all travel home to suburbia where unfortunately my chickens have to be in a run. With the space I have I tried to make it as nice/fun as possible for the girls. So far they have all settled nicely (6 bsl). I appreciate any additional suggestions! I feel the guilt[​IMG]

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    The 'back alley' with the chicken door that leads to the run. Below the chicken door they also have access to the underneath of the coop which is raised off the ground. Great for rainy days.

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    The raised sand boxes which the chickens love. The 2x4 supports down the middle make great roosts! The top of the run, on the sand box sections, are covered with plexiglass to keep them dry in the rain.
     
  2. limited25

    limited25 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    [​IMG] Your coop and run look very nice and your chickens look quite happy. Looks to me like you are doing a great job! And, welcome to BYC.
     
  3. aart

    aart Chicken Juggler! Premium Member

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    Looks pretty good to me.....lose the guilt, they'll get over being confined......that's a fine habitat.

    What is your climate/location?
     
  4. KeriannG

    KeriannG Out Of The Brooder

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    We are in Maryland right outside of DC. Do you think I should put a roof over the run so they will have access when it rains. Can't make up my mind and not sure how chickens like the rain? Also the run is 16 x 5, not including the back alley which is about 2.5 x 16 and the underneath is about 8 x 8. Home Depot has this clear roofing material that I thought would be cool so it does not block the sun as the run already has so much shade. https://www.google.com/shopping/pro...X&ved=0ahUKEwif4v6S34zPAhWDND4KHeTaADIQrRIINw

    Thanks for your reply!
     
    Last edited: Sep 13, 2016
  5. aart

    aart Chicken Juggler! Premium Member

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    Always nice to have part of the run sheltered from the weather.
     
  6. Folly's place

    Folly's place Chicken Obsessed

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    Roofing will be great, as long as you allow for snow load (a joke in Maryland, but still) so things don't collapse in heavy rains or whatever. Mary
     
  7. MandalaMaMa

    MandalaMaMa Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Great idea on the raised sand boxes. What did you use for the container? Your setup looks great and lots of room for them to explore.
     
  8. KeriannG

    KeriannG Out Of The Brooder

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    Thank you. The sand boxes are trays used to mix concrete - available at any big box hardware store. Inexpensive and sturdy.
     
  9. Cacique500

    Cacique500 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Looks nice - I would cover the run if you can - drier is better and less smelly. Couldn't tell from the picture, but do you have a hardware cloth skirt around the bottom to keep out digging predators?
     
  10. KeriannG

    KeriannG Out Of The Brooder

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    Thank you. There is hardware cloth around the perimeter and everywhere else imaginable. I went overboard - better safe than sorry.
     

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